The 2018 village fund of Rp 60 trillion will be distributed in three stages: January, March, and July. The Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, said the village funds will be disbursed simultaneously to the district account on the 25th of each stage. After that the regency is obliged to channel the village fund to village account up to 7 days later.
“We are trying to create one mechanism, in which village funds are given to the district if the administration is completed by the 25th. After 7 days the village can check whether the village funds have reached the village account or not,” Puan said when opening the activities of the Coordination Meeting of Readiness of the Regions and Villages in the Cash-Done Implementation at Grand Sahid Jaya Jakarta, Thursday (1/2).
He said the new mechanism aims to facilitate the monitoring of the distribution and implementation of village funds in each region, especially in 100 districts and 1000 villages which are priorities for labor-intensive and stunting programs this year. Related to the labor intensive, the process of developing the village fund is mandatory self-managed without the use of contractors.
“Why densely work in 100 districts with these 1000 villages we associate with stunting, so we can see the concrete implementation that village funding this year amounting to Rp60 Trillion can indeed be successful not only to the maximum in the villages, but there are certain targets that want us to intervene, “he said.
In addition, Village Minister, Disadvantaged Area Development and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo explained that the construction of village funding with cash for work system is done by allocating 30 percent of village fund for work-wage financing, paid per day and maximum per week . He suggested that the village fund project is implemented between the growing season and the harvest season so that the villagers are unemployed.
“It is advisable that the village fund project will not be done during the planting season or during the harvest season, but in between the villagers do not seek work elsewhere and urbanize to the city,” he said.
Minister of Eko Continuing, 30 percent of Rp 60 Trillion of village fund or Rp18 Trillion used to pay the wage will give effect of purchasing power five fold or Rp90 Trillion in village. This will affect the increase in economic activity in the village.
“In the past, there was a village fund project being done using contractors This year it should be self-managed, because if the contractor, who can earn wages instead of villagers, ultimately the village does not get the money, if with this labor-intensive system, with 30 percent of village funds for wages, villagers will get (total) wages of Rp18 trillion, “he added.
For information, village funds in 2018 are channeled through three stages: January as much as 20 percent, March 40 Percent, and July 40 percent. For the distribution of the first phase to the current Vice Minister of Finance, Mardiasmo said, as many as 18 districts have completed administration and disbursement. Some districts such as Natuna, Batang, Madiun, Sambas, Barito kuala, North Lombok, East Kolaka, Tidore Islands, and several other districts. Some have channeled village funds to their respective village accounts.
“To disburse the second phase of village funding by 40 percent, there must be a consolidation report and the realization of the previous stage, if we have distributed 40 percent,” he concluded.